Old Lenses With New Camera

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  1. Pgohlke macrumors 6502

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    I am looking into getting the Nikon D5000 body only to save money. My dad has some old nikon lenses and i wondered if they would work

    One is an AF Nikkor 70-210mm
    and the other is AF Nikkor 35-70mm

    both are being used on my dads old N4004s
     
  2. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    If not, I am sure there are adapters. I am not familiar with Nikon, so I am unsure if they changed the mounts at some point in time, as Canon did in 1987 with the FD to EOS switch.
     
  3. TWLreal macrumors 6502

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    They'll work fine, just without autotocus, even though they are autofocus lenses.

    You'll need at least a D50, D70, D80, D90 level camera body in order to autotocus with Nikon AF lenses.

    They will meter fine though.
     
  4. Pgohlke thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok so what kind of lenses can i buy that would work as autofocus for this camera?
     
  5. gkarris macrumors 604

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    Nikon FX and DX lenses...
     
  6. TWLreal macrumors 6502

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    Nikon D40, D60, D3000, D5000 can only autofocus with AF-S lenses. They will meter with AF lenses but not autofocus. They won't meter with AI lenses.

    Nikon D50, D70, D80, D90, D100 will autofocus and meter with AF and AF-S lenses. They won't meter with AI lenses.

    You need a D200 and above in order to autofocus and meter with AF, AF-S and meter with AI lenses.

    But to answer your question, you will need AF-S lenses in order to autofocus with a D5000. Or a third party lens with built-in focusing motor that is compatible with the castrated Nikon bodies.
     
  7. TWLreal macrumors 6502

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    That's not an accurate way of saying it at all.

    There are plenty of full format lenses that are AF and will not autofocus with D5000 level bodies.

    There is also a DX lens that is AF and not AF-S. DX doesn't automatically mean it will autofocus.

    Again, D5000 level bodies need AF-S lenses in order to autofocus. Or a third party lens with built-in focusing motor that is compatible with the castrated Nikon bodies.
     
  8. Pgohlke thread starter macrumors 6502

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    whats a good lens or two to start out with. This is my first DSLR. Cheaper is better too.
     
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    You need lenses with built-in motors. There are plenty of lenses that you can use on your camera:
    - Nikon AF-S and AF-I lenses
    - Tokina lenses with built-in motors
    - Sigma lenses with HSM
    - Tamron lenses with built-in motors
     
  12. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    The nikon kit lenses that come with the D5000 are all fine. Like the 18-55 and 55-200 VR. These are cheap and good. If you want to use your dad's old lenses for a bit, which are ok (but not as good as the above) you could perhaps find a d50 or D70 secondhand at a dealer for a good price.
     

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